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Notodden, Norway (1991 – present)

Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass and keyboard player and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor. He played in Peccatum with his wife Ihriel (real name Heidi S. Tveitan) until 2006 and has appeared in Thou Shalt Suffer, Zyklon-B and Hardingrock, and now devotes himself to his solo project, Ihsahn. In very early releases he went by the name Ygg.

Born in the town of Notodden, Norway, Tveitan began playing piano at seven and guitar at ten and began recording songs shortly thereafter. His influences range from heavy metal, classical, ambient and techno. He grew up on a large farm in rural Norway.

Tveitan first met his partner in numerous musical projects, Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen (a.k.a. Samoth) at the age of thirteen at a music seminar. Tveitan gained Haugen’s attention with his Iron Maiden patches. In 1991 they formed Thou Shalt Suffer together, a death/black metal band where Tveitan was guitarist and keyboardist. They produced several releases before Haugen left the band. Tveitan was left as the only member of the band and continues it to this day as a side-project. Unlike his solo work under his own name, Ihsahn’s latest compositions for Thou Shalt Suffer are predominately keyboard-based and more classical in nature and influence.


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  • versionfiv

    no daziks, nothing close. it sounds like later enslaved mixed with indie rock mixed with orchestral nonsense mixed with down, and ihsahn's typical vocals (and soft cleans). not a fan, at all.

    30 Mar 6:00pm Reply
  • Iki_Welt

    Perfect *-*

    23 Feb 7:13pm Reply
  • Omega_nothing


    22 Jan 12:55am Reply
  • Shaunri

    It's nothing like Emperor. But it's great, so try it out, maybe you'l like it.

    11 Jan 8:35am Reply
  • dAziks

    I still haven't tried his solo work at all. Does he have anything similar to the early Emperor?

    10 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    All of Ihsahn's albums are worth listening to a lot. I'd have to say AngL is the weakest, though it's an extremely solid album. It's memorable, but it pretty much just sounds like Emperor with some catchy riffs. After, The Adversary, Eremita and Das Seelenbrechen are where it's at.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tfaaon

    eternal_absence : you can also check angL, it kicks ass too, even though I still prefer After and Eremita. but songs like Scarab or Elevator are masterpieces !

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • 616thirteen

    Its taken me MONTHS but im finally warming to Das Seelenbrechen lol all his other albums are ace tho! ...616=13..

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MonstermanMFR

    Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen Review:

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • eternal_absence

    Thank you. I'll look into it

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • Pheneks

    After After, listen to Eremita, eternal_absence.

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • eternal_absence

    The only album I have is After; what album do you suggest next ?

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    As long as the album isn't like AngL, I'll be happy.

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • TheTailedBeast

    Similar to Emperor and Strapping Young Lad. What? Last, you dumb?

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • tfaaon

    I think he stated that the next would be more conventionnal metal. he already had written some material for that during the seelenbrechen sessions.

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    After listening to Das Seelenbrechen for months and months, I really fuckin love it. It's different than his other stuff, but I'm interested to hear where he will be taking us during the next album.

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • tfaaon

    new album is original and has a strong artistic concept. can't wait for the next !

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ninny9

    i respect ihsahn but new album sucked.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • erinc93

    Ihsahn is fucking genius!!!

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
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    8 Mar 2014 Reply
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